As adults we most times don’t want to admit there are things we don’t understand, especially to children and teens. However there are IT experts that have studied the Internet since its inception and still don’t understand all there is to know about Internet Safety for Adults. We as adults have to accept the fact learning your way around the Internet is a learning experience that never ends. Please scroll to the bottom of this page to ensure you’ve read all the important information Grandma SN has provided for you.
Adults have the ability to decide for themselves what they want to view and read on-line. And generally there are no consequences for their actions when they are surfing the web at home. Few people would argue you are responsible for the actions of your children and teens and at times you may be held responsible for their actions. But at work, unless you are the boss or the owner, you have restrictions as to what you may view on-line. The best policy is to never use work computers for personal reasons. But even then you may stumble upon an objectionable website or a blog, by typing in the wrong web address. This can not only cause you embarrassment and the anger of your superiors, but in extreme circumstances could get you fired.
If that were the only problem you faced it would certainly be enough, but any time you use your personal or credit information on-line you are taking a risk. If you are a parent that cares about your children and teen offspring and their friends, you would have read Grandma SN’s recommendations for Internet Safety for Children and Teens included as a part of this website. If you have children and teens as a part of your life maybe you should go back and read those pages after you finish this one. Internet safety only works if everyone ensures he knows as much about anything where you can never learn everything. So read Grandma SN’s recommendations below for safety for adults on line, then go back and find out how to protect your children and teens. If you have senior parents and relatives, you should also read Grandma SN’s recommendations for their safety as well. They will be thankful you reminded them that the Internet is not a joke.
GRANDMA SN’s LIST OF INTERNET SAFETY TIPS FOR ADULTS
- To avoid problems at work you should research software that has the potential to limit the possibility you accidentally land at a website that has been strictly prohibited for use by your company policies or your boss. Though some of those websites have parental controls to prevent their use, you don’t even want to go to them to set those controls at work. If you are using a browser that allows you to eliminate a range of websites, you need to learn to use those controls. In addition, the Saafnet Corporation in cooperation with Grandma SN will be releasing a software product that will solve your problems at work as it will solve your problems at home the software will be free and will be available soon. At work you can just disable the birth date sensitive controls, password protect the software and only give the password to a friend, keeping it even from your self. The Saafenet Corporation’s website is under construction now, but will be available soon and may be reached at http://www.saafenet.com.
- Where passwords are required to gain access to a website you use at work and even at home, choose one that would be easy to remember and hard for someone else to figure out. Never use your own name or the names of your children or pets. Don’t use simple sequences like 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 or a,b,c,d,e,f,g,h. Use combinations that make your password strong by including small letters, capital letters and symbols like @,#,$.%. But most importantly make a list of your passwords since they may even be hard for you to remember. Or get a software product that will allow you to keep a record of your passwords.
- Remain anonymous on-line, by refusing to use your full name if asked. And, jealously guard against the use of your Social Security Number. Never use your debit or credit cards at public computers. And, never buy anything no matter where you are that does not offer a secure checkout.
- When you shop on line, which is a growing trend, you expose your buying habit and personal information. This information may be sold to marketers who may send you spam or unwanted promotions. But worse it could be sold to criminals who may use your information as a part of stealing your identity. You can eliminate that possibility by limiting your social network activity to the Path, located at http://www.path.com which is an ad free social network. You may shop for new and used computers and peripherals at the Saafenet website which will become available during the summer of 2016. The Saafenet website may be reached at http://www.Saafenet.com. If you are searching for literature on how to start a business you may reach the new business survival website at http//www.newbusinesssurvival.com, they do not sell your personal information. There are other safe websites but too numerous for us to list here.
- Many criminals will use phishing schemes to gain access to your identity. They may send e-mails to you or create websites or blogs that appear to be legitimate companies and ask for bank account numbers, passwords, birth dates, or addresses you must not give out. Before you surrender any personal, debit or credit information, contact the main office of any company alleging to need personal information and ask why they would want you to divulge that information electronically. Typically legitimate companies will contact you by mail, to allow you some privacy. They will rarely request personal information on-line.
- Never use your cell phone to access the Internet while you are driving. The Internet is full of content and images that can completely distract you . There are many websites that will offer you substantial information on using your cell phone safely. Grandma SN recommends the wireless foundation, which may be located at http://www.wirelessfoundation.org.
- Due to the popular use of social networking by adults, multiple crimes exist due to the anonymity allowed on-line. There are romantic scams on all major social networks that target adults and senior citizens, because criminals know that children and teens usually don’t have much money. People even in other countries can pretend to be someone in love with you, Then suddenly out of nowhere they will ask for money. Never send money to anyone you don’t know off-line and be careful then. Because shysters can get a picture or two and access to your contact information and rather than pretending to be a stranger in love, might ask for your banking information to deposit money for your birthday under the guise of a friend or a relative.
After reading Grandma SN’s suggestions for adults, won’t you please take a moment to review the rest of our website. Additionally we offer seven suggestions for Internet safety for Children, teens, and Senior Citizens. But the most attractive feature of this website is Grandma SN’s list of recommended websites and blogs to visit and her recommended list of Websites you may want your kids teens and seniors to avoid. Then email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas for Internet safety for every member of the family and include your opinion of websites you feel are worth visiting and those that aren’t. When we receive at least 75 recommendations of either positive or negative content and images on a website or a blog, it’ll be added to Grandma SN’s list. Particularly egregious websites may be added to the list of Websites you may want your kids and teens to avoid prior to obtaining the 75 vote minimum we are hoping for.